Victor Payne

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Victor Payne
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Payne pictured in Prickly Pear 1923, Abilene Christian yearbook
Sport(s) Football, basketball, track
Biographical details
Born (1899-07-03)July 3, 1899
Died October 26, 1981(1981-10-26) (aged 82)
Abilene, Texas
Playing career
1919 Simmons (TX)
1920 Abilene Christian
1921 Bethany (WV)[1]
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1922–1923 Abilene Christian
1926 Simmons (TX)
1927–1928 Texas Tech (assistant)
1922–1924 Abilene Christian
1927–1930 Texas Tech
Head coaching record
Overall 18–4–3 (football)
32–20 (basketball)

Victor D. Payne Jr. (July 3, 1899 – October 26, 1981)[2][3] was an American college basketball and college football coach. He was the head football coach at Abilene Christian College and Simmons University. Payne was also the basketball head coach at Texas Technological College—now known as Texas Tech University.

Coaching career[edit]


Abilene Christian[edit]

Payne was the fourth head college football coach at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and he held that position for two seasons, from 1922 until 1923.[4][5] During his time at Abilene Christian, Sam Cox of Ozona, Texas, sent him a young wildcat named Bob Thomas to serve as a live athletics mascot for the college.[6]

Payne's coaching record at Abilene Christian was 12–3.[7]


Payne coached the Simmons Cowboys football team to 6–1–3 in 1926.[8]

Texas Tech[edit]

Payne served as an assistant coach during the 1927 and 1928 seasons under Texas Tech head coach Ewing Y. Freeland.[9]


Texas Tech[edit]

Payne coached the Texas Tech Matadors (now known as the Red Raiders) from 1927 to 1930.[10] During the first season, the team won ten games and lost six. The following season, the record was slightly worse at 9–8. During his final season, the team improved to 13–6.[11] Payne's overall record at Texas Tech stands at 32 wins and 20 losses.[12]

Later life[edit]

In 1949, he was working for the Abilene Savings and Loan Company.[13]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ 2008 Wildcat Football (media guide) ACU Record Book
  5. ^ "Lone Star Conference Records" (PDF). Abilene Christian University. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 7, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2008. 
  6. ^ Hadfield, Ron; Michelle Morris; Tom and Betsey Craig; Garner Roberts. "Traditions!". ACU Today. Retrieved September 17, 2008. 
  7. ^ Abilene Christian University coaching records Archived December 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Coaching Records". Hardin–Simmons University. Retrieved September 17, 2008. [dead link]
  9. ^ "2010 Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Media Guide" (PDF). Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University. p. 68. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Athletic Collections in the Texas Tech University Archives". Southwest Collection. Retrieved September 17, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Men's Basketball: Year-by-Year Results". Texas Tech Athletics. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Texas Tech-Knight". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. March 24, 2001. Retrieved September 17, 2008. 
  13. ^ [4]